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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Cardinal Ratzinger Becomes Benedict XVI - From Papal Enforcer To Pope
NZ, Thailand Sign Closer Economic Partnership
Every Child Counts Campaign Launched
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Cuba Seeks Human Rights Resolution Against US Over Gitmo
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SCOOP COLUMNS:
Scoop Report: Mark Blumsky Faces Some V8 Bouncers
Lyndon Hood Ponders How Transpower Ended Up In The Caymans
Guest Opinion: The Baker Carter Election Commission
Book Review: Investing In Commercial Real Estate
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OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Squid Fishers Sea Lion Slaughter Slammed By NZ First
Hide Wants Families Commission Dirty Laundry Made Public
111 Report Spin Carries Heavy Cost - Ryall
Carbon Tax Credit Process Streamlined
NZ Aims To Be Animal Health World Leader
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LEAD STORY:
Cardinal Ratzinger - Benedict XVI - From Papal Enforcer To Pope

[1] Dear Brothers and Sisters: After the great Pope, John Paul II, the Lord Cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in the Lord's vineyard. I am consoled by the fact that the Lord is able to work and act with insufficient instruments and, above all, I rely on your prayers. In the joy of the risen Lord, confident of his permanent help, let us go forward. The Lord will help us. Mary, his Most Holy Mother, is on our side. Thank you. See... Pope Benedict's XVI's 1st Public Greeting [2] REACTION:

  • NZ Govt. - Dr Cullen on Pope Benedict XVI [3]
  • United Nations - Annan congratulates newly Pope Benedict XVI [4]
  • White House Mr & Mrs. Bush Congratulate Pope Benedict XVI [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00285.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00285.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00426.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00293.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00286.htm


    NZ, Thailand Sign Closer Economic Partnership

    - Prime Ministers Thaksin Shinawatra of Thailand and Helen Clark of New Zealand today announced the signing of a Closer Economic Partnership (CEP) Agreement between their two countries. The CEP was signed by Minister of Commerce of Thailand, Dr Thanong Bidaya, and New Zealand Minister for Trade Negotiations, Hon Jim Sutton, in the presence of the two Prime Ministers. See... New Zealand – Thailand Prime Ministerial Meeting [1] MORE:

  • PM - PM Address to mark launch of NZ/Thailand CEP [2]
  • NZ Govt. - Address at Opening of CEP Seminar, Bangkok [3]
  • NZ Govt. - PM launches website of NZ Alumni in Thailand [4]
  • Green Party - Labour insults democracy by fast-tracking Thai FTA [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00419.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00422.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00437.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00442.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00391.htm


    Every Child Counts Campaign Launched

    - Luke Lolesi was standing up for New Zealand children at the launch of Every Child Counts in Auckland today (19 April). A coalition representing Barnardos, Plunket, Save the Children, Unicef and AUT’s Institute of Public Policy is calling on all political parties to recognise the vital part that children play in the future of New Zealand. See... On a soapbox for children’s rights [1] MORE:

  • Every Child Counts - Every Child Counts – a Campaign for all NZers [2]
  • Age Concern - Age Concern supports call to address child poverty [3]
  • Green Party - Greens call for 'multi-party accord' for children [4]
  • United Future - UF backs children’s initiative [5]
  • Barnardos - ‘Every Child Counts’ [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00244.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00242.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00247.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00392.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00407.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00236.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Employers Who Snooze Are Losing Admin Staff [1]
  • Subaru Blitzen on the horizon [2]
  • Which Websites Attract NZ Maori? [3]
  • What the kids are really thinking [4]
  • NZ University Degrees Represent Value For Money [5]
  • Toughening up on possessors of child sex abuse [6]
  • Law Commission on paternity testing unacceptable [7]
  • National miners strike for fair-share pay rise [8]
  • Road safety knowledge pays off for grandmother [9]
  • Roger Award Winner To Be Announced May 2 [10]
  • Rise in prostitution must force re-think of law [11]
  • 17 public offerings raised $774 million [12]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00243.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00242.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0504/S00058.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0504/S00069.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0504/S00075.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00254.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00253.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00251.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00250.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00248.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00246.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00245.htm


    Cuba Seeks Human Rights Resolution Against US Over Gitmo

    [1] CUBA has called on the European Union (EU) to cosponsor a resolution demanding an investigation into the human rights situation on the US naval base in Guantánamo. Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque said that he expects the EU to give its backing to this resolution in the same way as it did to the US anti-Cuba one in the Human Rights Commission (HRC). See... Resolution against Cuba approved under US pressure [2] and Guantánamo, A Moral And Legal Black Hole [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00297.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00297.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00298.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Emergency rice distribution to 150,000 Cambodians [1]
  • Helping resolving the cases of missing Kuwaitis [2]
  • UN mobilizes to meet challenges of media attacks [3]
  • Cook Is: Broadcaster Calls For 'Due Process' [4]
  • ADF Contribution to Sudan [5]
  • Israel: Restrictions Imposed On Mordechai Vanunu [6]
  • Brazil: Key Milestone In Indigenous Rights Battle [7]
  • State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for April 19 [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00296.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00295.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00294.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00291.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00290.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00289.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00287.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00300.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Scoop Report: Mark Blumsky Faces Some V8 Bouncers

    - Mr Blumsky’s years in Local Government have seen him develop a fantastic front forward defensive technique to journalistic probity, and frustrated by Mr Blumsky’s beautiful technique in cracking loose questions to the ropes Scoop unleashed a barrage of bouncers to try to make things interesting. See... The Great (Scoop) V8 Debate With Mark Blumsky [1] MORE:

  • Wellington City - V8 street race - new race track proposed [2]
  • Celia Wade-Brown - V8 is late [3]
  • Green Party - Stalled V8 race is doomed [4]
  • Marian Hobbs - Marian Hobbs postpones V8 public meeting [5]
  • EARLIER:
  • Martin Lally - A Review Of The Wellington V8 Car Race Proposal [6]
  • Scoop - Wellington Gets ‘Rarked Up’ By V8 Race [7] & V8 Supporter Clueless About Race Deal Details [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00194.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0504/S00127.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0504/S00125.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00381.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00384.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00119.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00081.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00082.htm


    Lyndon Hood Ponders How Transpower Ended Up In The Caymans

    - CONFIDENTIAL ATTENTION: Chairman, Chief Executive Officer or Minister of State Owned Enterprises. Warmest greeting! I hope my message finds you to be in good health. My name is YOUR NAME HERE. I have a genuine business proposal that may be of interest ... See... How Transpower Ended Up In The Caymans [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00193.htm


    Guest Opinion: The Baker Carter Election Commission

    - So, Jimmy Carter and James Baker are sitting at a table, and Carter starts talking about the disastrous election of 2000 in Florida.... It sounds like the start of a joke. See... David Swanson: Half-Baked Baker Carter Commission [1] . See also... John Conyers - First Baker-Carter Hearing [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00190.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00301.htm


    Book Review: Investing In Commercial Real Estate

    - The Commercial Real Estate Investor’s Guide gave me a clearer picture of the pros and cons of commercial versus residential property, their similarities and differences, the oddities of commercial property and the different types of commercial properties and their pros and cons. See... Review: Commercial Real Estate Investor’s Guide [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00188.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Russell Brown - Public Address 20/04/05 - Fisking, Feminism, Etc. [1]
  • John Chuckman - Chuckman Cartoon: American Nosferatu [2]
  • Kamala Sarup - Small Arms Control Big Responsibility [3]
  • William Rivers Pitt The Theocrats [4]
  • BuzzFlash.Com - Buzzflash Interview: Riverbend [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00192.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00189.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00187.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00186.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00185.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00435.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Squid Fishers Sea Lion Slaughter Slammed By NZ First

    [6] - The procrastination displayed by the Ministers of Fisheries and Conservation with regard to improving protection for New Zealand’s sea lions is nothing short of disgraceful, says New Zealand First’s conservation spokesman, Edwin Perry. See... Sealion Protection Grossly Inadequate [1]

    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00435.htm


    Hide Wants Families Commission Dirty Laundry Made Public

    - ACT Leader Rodney Hide today demanded Labour make public the reasons behind the bust-up between the Families Commission and its former chief executive and reveal details of any payout. See... Families Commission bust-up [1] MORE:

  • National Party - Families Comm spending blatant electioneering [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00427.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00438.htm


    111 Report Spin Carries Heavy Cost - Ryall

    National's Law and Order spokesman, Tony Ryall, says people's lives are being put in danger while Labour's review of the 111 system is in the Beehive getting its final spin. See... Lives In Danger While 111 Report Is Sanitised [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00424.htm


    Carbon Tax Credit Process Streamlined

    - The government has streamlined the process through which companies can gain exemptions from the carbon tax. See... Negotiated Greenhouse Agreements streamlined [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00425.htm


    NZ Aims To Be Animal Health World Leader

    - A new AgResearch facility to be built in Palmerston North will enhance New Zealand's status as a world-leader in animal health research, Research, Science and Technology Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... AgResearch to build animal health facility [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00439.htm


    MORE PARLIAMENT HEADLINES:

  • Green Party - Western Corridor's future lies in public transport [1]
  • Green Party - Sand mining a threat to a favourite Auckland beach [2]
  • Green Party - Time for action on water quality, say Greens [3]
  • NZ Govt - Negotiated Greenhouse Agreements streamlined [4]
  • NZ Govt - Phil Goff - Multilateralism in NZ foreign policy [5]
  • NZ Govt - Parenthood report tackles complex issues [6]
  • National - Lives In Danger While 111 Report Is Sanitised [7]
  • National - ACC Ignored Advice On Rescue Helicopters [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00434.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00429.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00428.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00425.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00423.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00431.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00424.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00421.htm

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